Amsterdam man loses appeal

AMSTERDAM – A Schenectady man involved in a 2009 drive-by shooting had his appeal denied last week in the state Supreme Court’s appellate division.

Jose A. Maschio, 23, of 709 Crane St., had his appeal denied Thursday for his part in a drive-by shooting in front of a tavern in the city.

According to court documents, Maschio’s appeal was denied, with the appellate division rejecting his claim a statment given to police by an associate violated his right to confront witnesses and deprived him of a fair trial.

The associate, Michael A. Bianca, 22, of 1072 Raymond St., was found guilty in 2010 of reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to a total of three years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.

Maschio was found guilty June 28, 2010, of one count of second-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of third-degree criminal possession of weapon.

Maschio was sentenced to a total of 12 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision.